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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by prclfd, Mar 6, 2012.
My chicks are falling on their back and dying all the sudden. What could be the problem?
Do they show any symptoms?
Tell us what age they are, when you got them, what type of bedding you are using, if they are too hot or cold,and what they are eating. Also how long you have them and where you got them.
Just a few hours old. Were fine and all the sudden they are falling on their backs? How soon do they drink?
buff orphington and australorp
vinegar in water work? Think it may have been too hot.
they are probably just sleeping
Where did you get them?
Did you gently dip their beak in the water and then show them the chick feed by spreading some near the feeder? They need to drink within 2 days after hatching and most chicks you buy are already 2-3 days of age or more.
What is the temperature in the brooder (95 degrees is needed)?
Do they have pasty vents? That means their droppings are blocking their vents and they'll die from not being able to eliminate.
You aren't using cedar shavings are you? Cedar is deadly to chicks!
Tell us what they are eating.
They will just drop and sleep but they'll pop back up cheeping if you touch them. They will lay down, fall down or even fall asleep standing up leaning on their beak.
Are you sure they're not too hot? A friend of mine kept having these issues, turns out she was cooking the chicks. Where are they located by the brood lamp? Scattered all around, all under, or as far away as they can get?